You mentioned in a recent post that you spend a lot of time focusing and taking multiple photos to get the ideal result. Are you a manual focus guy or auto-focus guy? Or a little of both?
Depends a bit on the camera. On my 5D Mark II it’s about 50/50 autofocus to manual because the autofocus is trustworthy. I tend to autofocus and then tweak manually before shooting. But on my NEX-7 I’ve found the autofocus to be lacking so when I shoot with that camera it’s about 90% manual focus, 10%.
In general I have a constant fear of autofocus because I hate the idea of snapping 30 photos while I’m out only to find out they’re all garbage. Granted, the same thing can happen with manual focus, but it’s a lot less common and it’s my own fault in those cases.
Your photos always look so good. Do you do any post processing on them, or are they usually straight out of the camera?
I do quite a bit of post-processing. I have a few presets I’ve created over the years that I tend to set as a default on each photo, and then I spent time tweaking lighting, colors, shadows and highlights, etc. I also usually spend time spot removing distracting elements (like a hair running across someone’s face or specs on their face or clothing) and do some work to bring out focal points like faces and such.
I spend about 10-30 minutes per photo in Lightroom. Sometimes less (for simpler photos that came out of the camera pretty well), sometimes much more (in cases with a lot of differences in light and such).